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By definition, German law is a system of civil law that is founded on the principles laid out by the  Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany. Many important laws were developed before the 1949 constitution, but it has also been heavily influenced by Roman and Napoleonic law.


There are two areas of German law. Public law (öffentliches Recht), applies to people and the state and includes criminal law. Private law (Privatrecht) regulates the relations between two people or companies.


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  • I have an employment contract that is governed by Irish legislation and German Law. How does that work, and which law presides when there is a conflict?
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  • I am a U.S. citizen and I pay state taxes and federal taxes to United States, but work at an American military installation on base. Can I file for divorce in the U.S.?
  • I was arrested for bringing a kilo of marijuana into Germany 20 years ago, was expelled from the country, and I didn’t pay the fine. If I visit the country now, will there be a legal problem?
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